Marcellus to hold info meeting about Reed Parkway

Reed Parkway will be the center of attention at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 when village officials open an informational meeting at Driver Middle School regarding the reconstruction of the road and water lines that run beneath it.

The meeting had previously been scheduled for Jan. 28 but was cancelled due to inclement weather and the school district being closed.

Mayor Mike Plochocki said there are two projects concerning Reed Parkway -- installation of new water lines as part of the Limeledge Water District and actual reconstruction of the road.

The water project is being done in conjunction with the town of Marcellus and has already be put out to bid, Plochocki said. A major reason for the project's completion on Reed Parkway is that the water main is extremely old and breaks often.

"At this meeting, I'm going to remind people that the first project is already going forward and that will happen regardless," Plochocki said. "I can't emphasize enough that that needs to happen. It will serve the residents better."

Originally, plans for the water district included placing the new water line in the middle of the road and, since Reed Parkway is in poor shape as it is, the construction to get water lines in the middle would make conditions even worse. The village then began planning for reconstruction of the road, but, according to Plochocki, the decision was then made to run the lines in the right of way along the side of the street rather than in the middle of the road.

"We decided to continue with the preliminary planning. One of the aspects is that it's a lot easier to fix things all at once," he said.

The plan to reconstruct the street would also allow the village to connect all of its newer roads together -- Reed Parkway comes out onto North Street, which was recently reconstructed by the New York State Department of Transportation. Maple and Orange streets have also been reconstructed recently, and they connect to North Street at Maple and North.

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